Frankie is a baby girl in an unusual position. Her mother dies shortly having giving birth, but this is no surprise. Noel is only notified he is the father weeks before the delivery. He doesn’t seem like the ideal father, but what other option is Frankie have?
The story encompasses a lot more than just this tale. It covers a full year in the lives of not just Noel and Frankie, but everyone who lives on that street. It reads more as a slice of life novel than just a single story.
I found the story engrossing, and hard to put down. I loved the glimpses into everyone’s lives. It did seem to cover a much longer period, but that’s just because so much happens.
I found Noel’s character to be very real. He overcomes some great obsticles,but still makes mistakes. There is no attempt to make him superhuman. He seems genuine, and it is easy to believe in him and root for him.
Lisa comes across as a naive and little spacey. She isn’t the average super woman that most novels seem to portray. Her strength is more subtle. She too makes mistakes and overcomes problems.
Overall, this is a great read. It’s all about the characters. The story progresses steadily, but even if it didn’t, the characters are so interesting, you’d want to read, even if they just sat around talking.